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Evil Does Not Exist (Aku wa sonzai shinai)

Ryüsuke Hamaguchi
2023 106 min Japan
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A startling reflection on cruelty

Takumi and his daughter Hana live in Mizubiki village, close to Tokyo. Like their elders before them, they have a modest life in harmony with their environment. The ecological balance of the site is threaten by the plans to build a ‘glamorous camping site’ in the nearby nature park, offering city dwellers a comfortable escape to nature. It profoundly affects the lives of Takumi and the village inhabitants.

Completely tuned to the rhythm of nature, Ryûsuke Hamaguchi’s new film does not obey the laws of capitalism that it denounces. The duality of the early part of the story gives room to a more nuanced exploration of everyone’s aspirations, and to an absolute climatic urgency.


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  •  Hitoshi Omika
  • Ryo Nishikawa
  • Ryuji Kosaka
  • Ayaka Shibutani 


  • Ryüsuke Hamaguchi


  • Yoshio Kitagawa


  • Izumi Matsuno


  • Eiko Ishibashi


  • Fictive


Monday 04 March 2024 20:30
Lieux : Ciné Utopia
Audio : Japanese
Subtitles : French, Dutch
Screening : Public Screening
Saturday 09 March 2024 16:15
Lieux : Cinémathèque
Audio : Japanese
Subtitles : English
Screening : Public Screening


"Hamaguchi’s movie is closer to a prose poem, in which the larger building blocks of narrative might not fit together in the expected way but be as mysterious and extraneous as glancingly small details. "
Peter Bradshaw The Guardian 04/09/2023

Ryüsuke Hamaguchi

Ryüsuke Hamaguchi
Ryüsuke Hamaguchi

Ryûsuke Hamaguchi holds a master’s degree in cinema and directed his first film, Passion, in 2008. In 2010, The Depths was a great success and was screened at the TOKYO FILMeX. In 2015, Senses, which lasts over five hours, won two awards at the Locarno Festival. Hamaguchi’s reputation abroad was greatly boosted. In 2018, Asako I & II competed for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. The same fate befell Drive my car in 2021, which won Best Screenplay at Cannes and the Oscar for Best Foreign Film.


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